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2012-12-12

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Chavez recovers after cancer surgery

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is recuperating in hospital in Cuba after surgery for cancer. The procedure, which lasted more than six hours, was

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is recuperating in hospital in Cuba after surgery for cancer. The procedure, which lasted more than six hours, was

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Syria conflict: Several killed in blasts at interior ministry

Three explosions have rocked Syria’s interior ministry building in Damascus. State television says several people have been killed. Other reports

Three explosions have rocked Syria’s interior ministry building in Damascus. State television says several people have been killed. Other reports

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Detained Iranians receive Sakharov Prize

Iranian dissidents Nasrin Sotoudeh and Filmmaker Jafar Panahi have been presented with the Sakharov Prize in absentia at the European Parliament in

Iranian dissidents Nasrin Sotoudeh and Filmmaker Jafar Panahi have been presented with the Sakharov Prize in absentia at the European Parliament in

Business

Inditex looks to growth

Inditex – Zara’s parent company – defied the economic crisis once more in the third quarter, but there was no surge for the shares of the world’s

Inditex – Zara’s parent company – defied the economic crisis once more in the third quarter, but there was no surge for the shares of the world’s

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Fed makes new rate pledge

The Federal Reserve is significantly boosting its stimulus programme for the US economy and has taken the unprecedented step of saying it will keep

The Federal Reserve is significantly boosting its stimulus programme for the US economy and has taken the unprecedented step of saying it will keep

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Bosnian Serb Tolimir jailed for life for war crimes

Former Yugloslav intelligence chief Xdravko Tolimir has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes committed during the Balkan war in the mid-1990s

Former Yugloslav intelligence chief Xdravko Tolimir has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes committed during the Balkan war in the mid-1990s

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Ukraine's new parliament opens with a brawl

The first session of Ukraine’s new parliament saw politicians from opposition and ruling parties fighting and climbing over each other to be able to

The first session of Ukraine’s new parliament saw politicians from opposition and ruling parties fighting and climbing over each other to be able to

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Vote 'No' in referendum urges Egypt opposition

Protesters in Cairo mull over a decision by Egypt’s main Liberal and secular opposition to urge a “No” vote in Saturday’s referendum. The two-day

Protesters in Cairo mull over a decision by Egypt’s main Liberal and secular opposition to urge a “No” vote in Saturday’s referendum. The two-day

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More effort needed in Russian bedrooms - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made his first state of the nation speech since his return as top man in the Kremlin. Speaking to the Federal

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made his first state of the nation speech since his return as top man in the Kremlin. Speaking to the Federal

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Pope Benedict takes to Twitter and blesses followers

After weeks of anticipation, Pope Benedict sent his first tweet on December 12: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter

After weeks of anticipation, Pope Benedict sent his first tweet on December 12: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter

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Students rally against sex-selective abortion in India

Hundreds of students gathered in peaceful protests today in Mumbai to denounce the practice of sex-selective abortions. Recent figures show that

Hundreds of students gathered in peaceful protests today in Mumbai to denounce the practice of sex-selective abortions. Recent figures show that

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Syrian refugees struggle to survive the winter

There aren’t enough blankets to go around at the refugee camp near the Syrian village of Atmeh close to the Turkish border. Camp residents tussle

There aren’t enough blankets to go around at the refugee camp near the Syrian village of Atmeh close to the Turkish border. Camp residents tussle

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UN nuclear inspectors "ready" to visit disputed Iran facility

UN nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) say, if allowed, they are “ready” to visit Iran’s Parchin military complex

UN nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) say, if allowed, they are “ready” to visit Iran’s Parchin military complex

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Serbia tycoon arrested in fraud probe

Serbia billionaire retail tycoon Miroslav Miskovic has been arrested in Belgrade for fraud. Nine other men, including Miskovic’s son Marko, have also

Serbia billionaire retail tycoon Miroslav Miskovic has been arrested in Belgrade for fraud. Nine other men, including Miskovic’s son Marko, have also

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Politkovskaya murder trial begins behind closed doors

The trial has begun in Moscow of a former policeman accused over the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was killed as she

The trial has begun in Moscow of a former policeman accused over the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was killed as she

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Deutsche Bank arrests in carbon permits fraud investigation

Deutsche Bank’s Frankfurt headquarters have been raided and five employees arrested as police investigate tax evasion and money laundering using

Deutsche Bank’s Frankfurt headquarters have been raided and five employees arrested as police investigate tax evasion and money laundering using

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Europe's poverty boom

Poverty is not only shaking EU countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal but also the euro zone’s biggest economies. France’s Socialist prime

Poverty is not only shaking EU countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal but also the euro zone’s biggest economies. France’s Socialist prime

Business

OPEC keeps output target

OPEC’s oil ministers have agreed to keep the cartel’s output unchanged at 30 million barrels a day. But experts think the producers may soon have to

OPEC’s oil ministers have agreed to keep the cartel’s output unchanged at 30 million barrels a day. But experts think the producers may soon have to

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Iranian dissidents unable to collect EU award

Two Iranian dissidents have been awarded the EU’s annual Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought but were unable to come to Strasbourg to collect it in

Two Iranian dissidents have been awarded the EU’s annual Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought but were unable to come to Strasbourg to collect it in

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Holy tweet! Pope Benedict XVI's first Twitter message

Pope Benedict XVI has posted his first message on the social networking site Twitter. The Pontiff’s inaugural tweet reads: “Dear friends, I’m

Pope Benedict XVI has posted his first message on the social networking site Twitter. The Pontiff’s inaugural tweet reads: “Dear friends, I’m

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Friends of Syria officially recognise opposition coalition

Official recognition for Syria’s opposition coalition has grown, with acknowledgement coming from the US-founded international Friends of Syria

Official recognition for Syria’s opposition coalition has grown, with acknowledgement coming from the US-founded international Friends of Syria

Business

Renault seals deal with Lada maker

Renault-Nissan has finalised a long-awaited deal to take control of Russia’s AvtoVAZ – best known for its Lada models. That builds on a partnership

Renault-Nissan has finalised a long-awaited deal to take control of Russia’s AvtoVAZ – best known for its Lada models. That builds on a partnership

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Italy passes debt test

Italy’s borrowing costs fell at its latest auction of short-term government bonds. That means Rome has passed the first debt test since technocrat

Italy’s borrowing costs fell at its latest auction of short-term government bonds. That means Rome has passed the first debt test since technocrat

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Chinese and Thai weddings on lucky December twelfth

Some might see the 12th of December (12/12/12) as yet another doomsday, but a lot of couples in China and Thailand consider it a very auspicious day

Some might see the 12th of December (12/12/12) as yet another doomsday, but a lot of couples in China and Thailand consider it a very auspicious day

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Syrian refugees faced with harsh winter conditions

With winter settling in, life is becoming increasingly difficult for the 3 million Syrian refugees who have been forced away from home by intense

With winter settling in, life is becoming increasingly difficult for the 3 million Syrian refugees who have been forced away from home by intense

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Mixed regional reactions to N. Korea rocket launch

North Korea has, for the first time, successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite – despite international condemnation. There are

North Korea has, for the first time, successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite – despite international condemnation. There are

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Egypt's army 'postpones unity talks'

The Egyptian army has postponed a meeting it had called to bring together various sides to try to defuse the country’s political crisis.   The

The Egyptian army has postponed a meeting it had called to bring together various sides to try to defuse the country’s political crisis.   The

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Child trafficking: widespread and unpunished

Selling children into slavery – it is one of the world’s most heinous crimes and it is on the rise. By its very nature, trafficking is extremely

Selling children into slavery – it is one of the world’s most heinous crimes and it is on the rise. By its very nature, trafficking is extremely